WHAT IS IADC?
The term After-Death Communication, or ADC, has been the long-standing phrase used to refer to the spontaneous experience of perceiving the presence of a deceased loved one. ADCs are a frequently reported and naturally occurring phenomenon. Studies indicate that up to 40 percent of adults have had ADC experiences; for widows that figure is as high as 70 to 80 percent; and 14 percent of adults report actually seeing or hearing the deceased in their ADC experiences (Rees, 2001; Dastson & Marwit, 1997; Silverman & Worden, 1993; Simon-Buller, et al., 1989). This treatment method is called Induced After-Death Communication (IADC®) because it induces the psychological state in which spontaneous ADCs can occur.
THE IADC® THERAPY PROCESS
IADC® Therapy generally involves two sessions on two consecutive days. It focuses on reducing the sadness associated with grief by using a modified protocol of the mind-body psychotherapy EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Once a greater degree of resolution is achieved, a state of receptivity is then cultivated. In this state, many clients perceive a deep and loving connection with the deceased loved one. This is typically experienced through one or more of the five senses or through some other “sense of presence” perception.
Clients who undergo IADC® Therapy report significant reduction of the sadness associated with the death of a loved one. They frequently report resolution of any unsettled issues in the relationship with the deceased, and they report receiving answers to their questions and reassurances of their loved one’s wellbeing. Perhaps most meaningfully, however, clients report experiencing a deep sense of connection with their loved one and a transformation in feelings of separation.
Although most clients believe in the authenticity of the experience, beliefs play no role in the efficacy of the treatment. Therefore, a client who believes the phenomenon is neurobiologically based or otherwise explained, can receive the same healing benefit as one who believes it is spiritual in nature. The therapy works just as well for those with modest, residual grief as it does for those in deep psychological pain. Research on IADC® Therapy is currently being conducted in a control group design study by the University of North Texas.
DR. ALLAN BOTKIN
IADC® Therapy was developed in 1995 by Dr. Allan Botkin, Director of the Center for Grief and Traumatic Loss in Chicago, Illinois. Learn more about Dr. Botkin’s work at www.induced-adc.com. His book, Induced After Death Communication: A Miraculous Therapy for Grief and Loss, offers an in-depth explanation of the discovery and development of IADC® Therapy and is available through Amazon.com.